I’m getting a new computer… finally!
My ageing Pentium 4 Dell Dimension desktop started to creak at the seams recently after nearly four years of faithful service. Time to retire it to the position of home computer — for internet access in the house and such.
With a planned road trip to France and Spain on the cards, and the added advantage of being able to work in the garden when the weather’s nice, a laptop seemed the obvious choice. Nothing too bulky — but with enough grunt to get through all but the most demanding graphics and video work with ease. I’ve been using an old Toshiba PortÃ©gÃ© 3490CT for work on-the-go — and it’s been brilliant, but frustratingly slow at times.
After looking around I finally opted for a Dell Inspiron 640m — which should be arriving later today, with a bit of luck.
The Inspiron 640m — power and productivity in a portable package
It comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (I opted for an upgraded to the 1.83Ghz option for more processing power), and free double memory, giving me a whopping 2GB of RAM to play with. I’ve also opted for the optional 9-cell battery that will, according to the spec, give me a massive 8.8 hours of cable-free computing on a single charge. It will be much bulkier than the PortÃ©gÃ© of course — but should still be quite a neat package considering the relatively high spec.
I’ll post a review here once I’ve had chance to play (er… work) with it!